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8 THINGS WEDDINGS SHOULD ALWAYS INCLUDE

So you’re planning your big day and you want to create the perfect ambience for you and your loved ones. Here are a few tips on important things to consider when planning your wedding. Some are obvious and some, well, not so obvious:

1.    D E L I C I O U S    F O O D

If there’s one thing guests remember about your wedding, it’s the food. The last thing you want is for people to go hungry, so ensuring that you have a diverse menu that caters for the meat lovers, teh vegans as well as the kiddies will go along way in impressing your guests. Adding a variety of colours, textures and delicious flavours, will ensure that everyone will have a smile on their face. After all, nothing brings people together like good food.

2.    B E V E R A G E S

Just like food, you need to cater for various beverage preferences. Weddings are social occasions, as well as a great reason for celebration. Some folks prefer beer, while others prefer a chilled glass of bubbly or their favourite cocktail to mark the occassion. But for those who don’t drink alcohol or have to drive home, you need to account for their preferences too! It is always a good idea to provide a an alcohol-free option for these guests. Mocktails, non-alcoholic sparkling wines or simply a fruit punch is wonderfully refreshing and blends in beautifully with the celebrations. Plus, gran will love it if you have a tea and coffee station available, as most of the older generation love a cuppa with their slice of wedding cake.

3.    S E A T I N G

Remember that weddings tend to be a long day for everyone, so ensure that everyone that needs a seat has one for the duration of the ceremony. This is also important for the cocktail hour, as your guests will be waiting anything from 1-2 hours while you have your photos taken, and standing in heels for long periods of time can be a killer on any ladies feet. Ask your venue about additional seating options available for the cocktail hour to ensure that your guests are comfortable while they wait for the happy couple to return. If you are going for a casual and relaxed vibe, then a couple of picnic blankets and scatter cushions will be perfect.

4.    W E A T H E R

Whether you are having a fabulous summer wedding, or a cozy winter wedding, it’s important to consider the comfort of your guests. If it looks like the day will be a scorcher, then consider providing sunscreen, handheld fans, parasols and water, and if it looks like there might be a chill in the air, then consider providing cozy blankets and a decadent and welcoming hot chocolate bar.

Your guests will absolutely appreciate the extra thought and consideration!

5.    M A R R I A G E    O F F I C I A N T

Weddings can happen with literally only a Marriage Offiant, two consenting adults and two willing witnesses. You need a Minister / Marriage Officiant to make it legal! They will take you through all of the legalities of marriage and provide you with the necessary paperwork. So they really are crucial to the wedding day. Don’t forget to book them well in advance as they often book out quickly, especially in season!

6.     A C C E S S I B I L I T Y

Remember that not all people can stand up for an entire day, for health reasons, pregnancy or disability. If you have any guests with accessibility needs, ensure that you are asking these questions when you book your venue – Are they wheelchair friendly? Do they have baby changing stations? Are there disabled parking spaces? These are important considerations to ensure that all your guests needs have been considered and catered for.

7.    E N T E R T A I N M E N T

Entertainment is a crucial part of creating a memorable wedding day, and the type of entertainment you choose can literally transform your wedding day into something your guests will remember for years!
A live wedding band or professional DJ will make for the perfect dance floor atmosphere, while a caricaturist will captivate their audience. A photo booth is also a fun addition as it is loved by both the young and old and it creates wonderful lasting memories.
Work out what will suit your wedding day and find the right entertainment for your crowd.

8.    A   W E D D I N G   C A K E

A lot of couples ask… does anyone really eat the wedding cake? The answer is a resounding YES! Not only is the cake one of the main attractions on the day, people also LOVE eating it! Cakes are synonymous with celebration and that’s what weddings are all about. You can work with a cake designer to create something that captures your character and unique style as a couple, as well as incorporating various mouth-watering flavours to add variety. Think layers of creamy vanilla-caramel sponge, rich velvety chocolate mousse and perfectly moist and fluffy red velvet cake…YUM!

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